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3.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 5 3.36 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Sparks Narrator: Sean Pratt, Lloyd James Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781611139037
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“Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She’d believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen.”

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined … and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew—about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear—was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Signature Sparks, which makes it even more winning.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Sparks develops a charming story where each scene unwinds as if in slow-motion and the emotions of each moment garner maximum impact…Sparks’ ability to capture the truths of this affair makes the story both heartfelt and heartbreaking. It’s quite possibly his best work in years.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sean Pratt delivers an unrushed, dramatic performance…Pratt brings to life the beauty and tragedy in the star-crossed lovers’ lives through his animated voice. He captures the characters’ full-bodied enthusiasm and almost breathless sorrow. Further, his impeccable pacing accentuates the suspenseful and paranormal aspects of the plot.”


  • “Sparks does it again! The author known for his tear-jerkers doesn’t disappoint with a story that explores how our past shapes our future and whether redemption can be found in sacrifice.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dara | 11/8/2011

    " Couldn't put it down...and totally didn't expect the ending until right before ...can't tell you!

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 11/8/2011

    " WOW!!!!!!! Just when you think the last book he wrote was the best he beats it again....... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Midge | 11/7/2011

    " Although somewhat famaliar to some of his other books (and I have read them all) it was still a pretty good read, at least the ending was different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 11/7/2011

    " Definitely not one of my favorite books by Nicholas Sparks. It was interesting enough to get through but not riveting or even close. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bednarzterry | 11/6/2011

    " This book was disappointing to me.. just a little too romance novel-esque for my liking. And I saw the ending coming well before it came. I'm generally a fan (and was so before he became huge), but this one just wasn't up to snuff. Oh well :-)

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 11/6/2011

    " This was an easy and enjoyable read. I loved that this story was about young love in a small town in North Carolina. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarahb. | 11/6/2011

    " A delightful happy romance. I predicted the ending:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 11/6/2011

    " Not my favorite by him but still pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 11/6/2011

    " All I can say is that this book took me home in many ways. As with all Sparks books it left me saddened yet fulfilled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 11/5/2011

    " The ending seemed predictable, but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/5/2011

    " I could not stand how Dawson never got to have anything truly good last in his life. The story was just too sad in my opinion. "

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About the Author
Author Nicholas Sparks

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve #1 New York Times bestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice in February 2016.

About the Narrators

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.